Lenny Richoux, a 1985 graduate of the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts, was promoted to Colonel in the U.S. Air Force during a ceremony on September 30 at the Pentagon in Washington, DC. Presiding over the ceremony was Brigadier General Darren McDew, Director of Public Affairs, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, at the Pentagon.
Colonel Richoux is currently serving as the Division Chief of Strategic Communication Integrated Plans and Strategy, Directorate of Communication, the Pentagon. He is formerly a National Defense Fellow at the Center for a New American Security, Washington, DC. Colonel Richoux was commissioned in 1989 following his graduation from the Georgia Institute of Technology. His very successful and decorated career began flying the KC-135 at Loring Air Force Base, Maine. His staff assignments include serving on the Air Staff as a member of the first Air Force Intern class, as a long range planner for the Deputy Chief, Plans and Programs, and as a War Planner for the Director of Operations, J-3, the Joint Staff, Washington, DC. He has commanded a C-17 squadron at Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina, and Al Udeid, Qatar. His squadron won the AFA's 2007 David Schilling Award for the most outstanding contribution in the field of flight. Colonel Richoux is a command pilot with more than 3,000 flying hours.
His abilities, dedication, and leadership were evident as a member of LSMSA's first class of students. Among other accomplishments, Lenny organized the school's Student Government Association and served as its first president. LSMSA was represented at the ceremony by alumni and school officials. Lt. Colonel Stacey Hawkins, class of 1987, has just completed a distinctive White House Fellowship and received an assignment to the Office of the Vice President. Andrew Moore, class of 2007, is a junior a George Washington University majoring in political science. The school's Executive Director, Patrick Widhalm, his wife Betsy, and Director of Outreach and Admissions, Sharon Williams, joined Colonel Richoux's family and more than fifty colleagues in celebration of this outstanding accomp